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Blackout City

Blackout City

In a metropolis like London light pollution makes the night sky invisible. Only a few of the brightest stars and asterisms force their celestial light through the man made glow of the city. The night sky, one of the most beautiful of natural wonders is extinguished from view. Blackout City is an experimental timelapse film that makes the invisible, visible. It attempts to show what the night sky would look like If there were ever to be a total blackout in the South East of England on a clear, moonless, summers night.

I started shooting this project back in August 2013 and have been slowly gathering footage when conditions were right. Although each shot in this film is a composite, all footage is real. The city shots were captured during the day and processed to look like night and the night sky shots were captured from dark locations around the South of England to ensure that the stars are astronomically correct for the latitude of London. I have also processed the astro shots to be more sympathetic to what the naked eye would see in terms of saturation and detail. The internet is saturated with well-processed images of the Milky Way that show phenomenal colour that are the result of fantastic low light DSLR technology. Don’t get me wrong I love these images, I am one of the people who endeavours to create them! But in reality the Milky Way does not look like this; so in order to make this film more believable I have chosen to process the shots this way.

I first got the idea for the film when I read an article about a blackout in LA in 1994 where people called 911 reporting these strange clouds floating in the sky, those clouds where in fact the Milky Way. It made me think about how the lights from cities have made many of us lose our connection to the night sky. We live in a fast paced man-made world whereby it is all too easy for us to become disconnected from the natural world around us, isolated from what is actually real. There are many other aspects of the human condition that this film could touch upon which could make its’ intentions appear somewhat complicated, but is essence the film’s agenda could not be more simple; to inspire people to get away from the city lights, go somewhere quiet on a star-filled night and simply look up.

This project is purely non-profit but I would love the opportunity take the Blackout City idea to different metropolises across the globe as each city with it’s specific latitude will reveal a different sky. If anyone thinks they can help to make this happen please connect with me through the links below:

To see more of my work please visit: nicholasbuer.com
For direct enquires please mail me at: contact@nicholasbuer.com

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Main track is by The American Dollar ‘As We Float’ (Ambient)
Licensed at: theamericandollar.info/licensing

For motion control I used the Stage One Dolly System by Dynamic Perception
dynamicperception.com

© Nicholas Buer 2014

Cast: Nicholas Buer and Dynamic Perception

Kharkov/Ukraine 2012 TimeLapse in Motion (Hyperlapse)

Kharkov/Ukraine 2012 TimeLapse in Motion (Hyperlapse)

Video (hyperlapse) about big Ukraine city – Kharkov
Making from May to September 2012
Shooting, post-processing and editing by Kirill Neiezhmakov
e-mail: nk87@mail.ru
vk.com/nk_design
music: Andrew Bayer & Matt Lange-In Out Of Phase (Calyx & Teebee Remix)
YouTube 1080p: youtu.be/7wv1v0wVqfo

Cast: Kirill Neiezhmakov

TimeLAX 01

TimeLAX 01

TimeLAX is a time-lapse photography project that shows the Greater Los Angeles area from many angles.

The project includes different types of photography such as panoramic, architectural and artistic. We have scouted, tested and selected more than 200 locations that will be presented in a series of videos.

Photography by RalphGM – Edited by RandyFX
Music “Orchestral Inspiration” by Akashic Records – SaReGaMa
saregama-music.

For more information, visit timelax.com

Cast: iVideoMaking and RandyFX